Installing QuickBooks 2006 on Windows 7

QuickBooks Online 30 Days FreeA few weeks ago I built a new PC and installed Windows 7 on it. Over all, I like it but I couldn’t get QuickBooks 2006 to install. I tried compatibility mode with no luck.

I know. I know. It’s six years old I should just upgrade but it does what I need it to, when it’s installed.

So I started my Google hunt for a solution and everyone said the same thing…

… It doesn’t work. There isn’t a work around and even running it in Windows XP Mode with Virtual PC doesn’t work unless you do some strange drive mounting.

Well, for some strange reason I looked at the directory structure of the QuickBooks 2006 cd and noticed the QuickBooks folder. Upon inspecting that folder, I found another install routine. When I ran this one, QuickBooks started installing!

I’m really surprised that none of the 20+ sites I visited mentioned this.



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  1. Brad
    Feb 5th, 2014 at 11:23 | #1

    As far as moving the three quickbook company files that are stored under the “Intuit” folder to a new server, do you have to generate a portable company file first and then move the info to the new server or just make copies of what is there and put them on the new server?

    I am asking these questions since I would like to move clients to Windows 7 using Quickbooks 2006.

  2. Feb 5th, 2014 at 13:00 | #2

    Use the backup/restore feature.

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